Being that we are only two months out from Black History Month 2017, we will soon be seeing a plethora of African wear worn by our brothers and sisters of African descent and and those that love them. For those that will be looking for some new African attire I would love to introduce you to Ayissi Nga. Ayissi Nga is one of top fashion designers in Africa and is the owner of Wazal. The attire seen below is from his 2016/2017 collection called Ova Tete. This collection is inspired by a Cameronnian slang ‘ova’ which means ‘bigger and noble person.’ Tete’ refers to ‘chic and bourgeois.
“In addition, the word chic here is used to describe the amazing and modern appearance of the clothing. Therefore those who have good taste and know how to well dress are characterized as chic. Noble and quality materials were used in this collection, including first choice wax (African print) from Senegal or Mali. I will say this collection is indecent, 10 years in advance or shameless 5 years in advance. I prefer being ahead because the fashion world is in constant evolutions,” Nga states.
ABOUT AYISSI NGA Joseph-Marie aka JJ DU STYLE
He is a fashion designer who creates very chic street wear. The French/Cameroonian designer whose father was a tailor, has decided to follow the footsteps of pioneer Cameroonian fashion designers such as Imane Ayissi and Martial Topolo by creating his own clothing line called ‘WAZAL’ which was launched in 2005. In 2006, he launched his first designs which are worn by some celebrities such as SINGUILA, Alpeco, WAYNE BECKFORD, ROMARIC Koffi and Lalcko. His brand “WAZAL” is a blend of “WAZA”, the name of a natural park in the extreme north of Cameroon and the letter “L” which stands for Lion, the Cameroonian symbol.
The natural park symbolizes respect, while the lion symbolizes power. WAZAL COUTURE fashion universe expresses more of casual wear in a constant search of innovations, new styles and creativity. In the mixture of many various colors, and various prints, he adds and blends other materials such as pure cotton, denim jean, wax, leather, fur, synthetic just to name a few. He went through a professional training in VANESSA RUIZ fashion school in Paris and he later on specialized in creating tuxedo jackets. The first was thus created in 2013 under the declination “Tete fly.” In 2013, he was part of the guests of the Ambassador of Cameroon to Paris for the exhibition of the feast of the Cameroonian youth and the Fashion Night Lounge at the Elysee Palace in Paris, where he presented his three concepts: WazalRock, fly Tété and Africafutur. These concepts are based on criteria which since the beginning symbolized his career: Daring, Respect and Creation. Wazal cuts and designs are impressive and modern; moreover it follows the latest trends today.